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Packing and Baking

What I tried to do today:

Translate some Virgil and snack on some grapes before going into a total frenzy with ‘to do’ and ‘to pack’ lists.

What I actually did today:

I snacked on some yoghurt with fresh pineapple and grated coconut while watching Pan Am.

I drove over to my dad’s house twice. The first time I went there to pick up some clothes I needed for packing,the second time I was on a secret mission to steal the peanut butter jar (you’ll see way I needed that peanut butter jar in a minute).

I went for a run in the blistering heat (well, maybe “blistering heat” is a bit exaggerated but it is 20°C over here and the sun is shining like crazy).
I adored it. My yoga teacher (who also trains runners and was a triathlete back in the days) give me the advice to do some sun greetings after my run to help the tightness in my shins and I have to say it works, they felt much better after some yoga!

I took an elaborate shower for over an hour, had lunch and went for a walk with my mum.

I decided I needed to bake some granola bars to take with me on the trip:

The photograph doesn’t do them justice, they don’t even look edible like this but I swear: these taste amazing.
Speaking of photographs, sorry for the bad quality, all photographs today were taking with my phone since my camera is already packed and sealed!

‘Pumpkin Seed and Almond Granola Bars’
makes 5 bars

  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • a couple of handfuls of almonds, halved
  • a couple of handfuls of pumpkin seeds
  • a couple of handfuls of walnuts
  • 40 gr of oats ( about 8 T)
  • optional: flax seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit

Preheat the oven to 170°C (340 F).
Melt the peanut butter, maple syrup and vegetable oil in the microwave. Fold the nuts and oats under this mixture.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, sprinkle some olive oil on top. Make 5 bars out of the dough on the cookie sheet, bake for 25 minutes.

Mona’s face when she smelled the granola bars.

My mum and I snacked on the first batch and I decided we were in need of a second batch as well, but we were all out of peanut butter, hence the sneaking to my dad’s place and stealing the peanut butter jar.

And then I finally decided to tackle the packing frenzy…
First I had to find all the lists of things I had to pack I had been making the last couple of weeks.

Toilet bag and hand bag, my other luggage is still too much of a mess to show on the world wide web, and I don’t think the whole world should see my panties and pyjamas either.

Mona’s face while owner was dealing with packing frenzy
“I don’t even care where you left that pair of socks, just let me sleep!”

Well then, I guess this is goodbye, I’ll see you back next Friday !
 Arrivederci! Love, M.

Thank God!

Since I’m currently studying a religious course I am totally allowed to use God’s name in vain, so here it goes:

Thank God for…

1. Decadent Bowls of Oatmeal

Fluffy Oats with vanilla pudding (for the Dutch people around, not really pudding but vanille vla), crunchy peanut butter and Jordans nut granola.

2. Running in the pouring rain: hurricane winds and soaking wet socks included. My mind never felt so clear and a hot shower never felt so great!

3. Sweet Potatoes with Peanut Butter or Greek Yoghurt as a quick and satisfying lunch

4. Pizza to combat post oral exam stress: pizza hawai with extra mozzarella, home-made with the mum!

5. Being in Leuven again:enjoying some time alone, the peace and quiet and most of all enjoying being able to take a Yoga Class for the first in three weeks.

6.Crunchy Peanut butter to lift the spirits

7. Staying away from chocolate for almost a week now and feeling less ‘yucky’

8. The cat that high-jacked my lap to sleep on, because she hadn’t seen me in a couple of days

‘I’m sorry mum, I can’t *insert chore here*, Mona is sleeping on my lap’

Love, M.

Keys on the Run

I try to keep it minimalistic when going for a run, I don’t like wobbling around with Ipods, water bottles, keys etc. I won’t bother you with the details of my Ipod struggles (I keep losing the earphones and the wire either strangles me or slaps me across the face all the time), but I am going to share the solution to my key aversion.

When I’m wearing my running tights it’s not really a problem, they have a pocket with a zip on my bum, which feels weird at first but now I’m running with my keys,my cellphone and other rubbish on my bum when I’m wearing those ;).
When I’m wearing less fancy pants  however (I love running in sweatpants) I use a safety-pin to deal with the key-issues.

Yeah, that yellow thing is Pooh Bear

Even when there is a pocket in my sweats I’m still afraid  my keys might get lost one way or another (it is bound to happen one day!) so to deal with this I put a safety-pin on my key(chain) and fasten the keys to my pants. This also works wonders when you don’t have pockets in your pants, in that case just wear a hoodie and keep and fasten the keys in the little pouch.

Another easy solution is using a rubber band or a scrunchy: fasten your keys in the rubber band,you can wear them in your hair or around your arm (I do recommend wearing long sleeved shirts with the latter, otherwise your keys will be all over the place).

There is also supposed to be a trick to tie your keys to your shoelaces but I don’t really know how that one works. One thing I have tried is tying my keys to those strings you sometimes have in sweat pants or hoodies. This only works when you have a pocket or pouch to keep your keys in after you’ve tied them up, it’s really annoying of you just have to leave them dangling.

Love, M.

Winter Wonderland Walks

No running for this girl this morning.
My ankle feels a bit sprained. Apparently all the jumping around during the aerobics class had something to do with it.
It felt a bit tight after Tuesday’s class but it felt fine again on Friday… until I went for a run and had to stumble home, that is.

So I’m taking a week of from running and instead will focus on yoga and meditation, with a bit of luck I’ll be able to pick up running again on Friday or Sunday.

I was a bit sad about not being able to run this morning though, it was glorious out: sunshine, a bit of mist and freezing temperatures (no snow yet!).

I went for a long, wintery walk.
Walking instead of running isn’t too bad actually: I get to take my camera, I’m not looking like I’m about to die when I stop and my hair won’t become all messy… and I get to wear mittens!

Definitely something a six-year-old would approve of

And these guys are able to brighten up anyone’s day.
They were so very cute and  even wanted to cooperate in a photo shoot :

Who ever claimed donkeys are headstrong??
They behaved perfectly fine, liked to be photographed and only asked some cuddles in return.

Okay, Okay… I might have bribed them by saying I’d bring them carrots if they were nice 😉

So fluffy! This one thought my mittens were food! Er.. not quite little one, better luck next time.

Love, M.

The End of the Breakfast Bakes

I thought I rocked an 8K today, but I kind of miscalculated and it was only a 7.5K… damn it, I was so excited I finally got my first 5 miles done, and then I found out I hadn’t, quite disappointing.

Mona, checking out the crispness of the leaves
Once the leaves were Mona – approved we were allowed to start our run  😉

On the other hand, I am proud of my attitude today.
I got inspire by Mehnaz over at I Only Wear Dresses, she is running the Marine Corps Marathon today and she’s been so positive about it, I’m sure she’s going to rock that marathon’s ass and make John and Nigel very proud!
So I figured, if she can have such an energetic attitude about a whole marathon, I can at least try not to be a wimp on my (alleged ;))  8K run.

Thinking about the frangipane Bake that was waiting for me at home also helped

‘Frangipane Breakfast Bake’

  • half a banana, mashed
  • 5 T almond flour
  • 3 T whole wheat flour
  • 2 T oats
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • dashes a milk (almond milk would be cool, I just used soy), how much depends on how you’d like the consistency of the batter to be
  • optional: a few t of amaretto

Preheat oven to 200°C (390 F).
Mash the banana and add all the other ingredients, mix well.
Pour the mixture into greased ramekins, bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

This delicious franipane bake also signals the end of October and thus the end of Breakfast Bake October…
But don’t worry, you never know what November might bring!

Things I’ve learned today:
1.Check your course before you head out for a run and not afterwards because you’re a smartass about knowing the distances of your routes 😉
2. You can’t do anything wrong with frangipane for breakfast
3. Crisp leaves make a perfect underground for a run

Love, M.

Not Born to Run??

I’ve been thinking about pacing lately:
I’m not a fast runner,
maybe that’s an understatement: I’m rather slow.

I could say I’d rather focus on distance than on speed, but that’s not it.

It seems like I wasn’t born to run, some would say:

I’m tiny and I have short legs
God knows my knees have been telling me for ages that I’m not born to run 😉
I have to be careful so I don’t get shin splints, cause my shins are quite sensitive I have to ice my knees every time I finish a run, or they’ll be killing me the next day and as I’m running further and further I’m experiencing muscle soreness in my right thigh.

Maybe my body is trying to tell me (just like some people) that I’m not born to run…

But that’s downright bullshit (pardon my French ;)) !!
and I know it

I can feel it in my core, I am born to run:

I love the feeling of just moving and accomplishing things
I love the air rushing past my head
I love the feeling of being alone with my thoughts
I love the places running takes me and the beautiful things I’ve seen
I love stretching and showering after the run
I love bonding with my sister on our weekend runs
I love passing nice people who want to chat with you

But most of all, I love how running makes me feel: it makes me feel strong, it makes my feel worthy, it makes my respect my body and it’s capacities

Running helped me break out from my restrictive eating habits
Running helped me built up self-esteem
Running still makes me feel good about myself every single time

So I won’t let anyone tell me I wasn’t born to run,
not even my knees!

(sorry knees, I promise to take good care of you, take it easy, ice and massage you guys, but you just can’t ask me to stop al together ;)).

And about the pacing: I could say I couldn’t care less but that would be a blunt lie, cause I want to get better and faster, but I also know that that isn’t what’s most important and everyone has his/her own capacities, you just have to learn to make the best of it with what you have right?
And maybe I am meant for distance and not for speed (kidding, just kidding 😉 )

Love, M.

This time, I’m prepared!

On Friday’s run the cold startled me, I hadn’t expected it to be that bad and it seemed I was a bit under-dressed.

Not today though, I prepared my outfit yesterday, went on a wild search for something to keep my ears warm in the early morning (and woke up everyone in the process ;)) and I made sure I’d put on some lip balm on my lips before I started my run.

Bring it!
Blurry photograph due to the fact that the sis was only awake for like 2 minutes when I forced her to photograph me a trillion times with the runners’ thumbs up, it’s a miracle she still wanted to join me for a run after that ordeal 😉

Look at that cute shirt, it has hidden mittens!
And it’s blue, what’s not to love?!

7.5 K later…
It was time for a new episode of Breakfast Bake October! 

Mona got high from the baking smells in the house

‘Plum mish mash Bake’

  • 4 T of oats
  • 4 T of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 t of baking powder
  • half a banana, mashed
  • half a plum, chopped up
  • half a chocolate soy pudding
  • 3 T of soy milk
  • some granola to top it off
Preheat the oven to 200 °C (390 F).
Put everything except the granola together in a bowl and pour the mixture into some greased ramekins. Sprinkle some granola on top and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes.
If you want to elaborate on the chocolate theme you can also add some chocolate chips and/or a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder.
Happy Sunday,
Love, M.